Oneida County gets little more than half of original price for fallen treesSubmitted: 06/19/2017
Oneida County gets little more than half of original price for fallen trees
Katie Thoresen
Katie Thoresen
Senior Producer

ONEIDA COUNTY - Nearly a month ago, an EF-0 tornado took down thousands of trees in the Oneida County Forest south of Rhinelander.

The county will get some money for the fallen trees, but not nearly as much as it could have received on the open market.

Oneida County Forester Paul Fiene knew the county would never get full price for the downed trees. But he only got one bid for the trees.

"Just a little over bit over half the price we would have gotten for the wood. So Mother Nature tends to lose money for us at times," said Fiene.

The loggers have almost finished harvesting the pine trees that came down. There is still a section of hardwoods they need to get to.

Fiene says this rainy spring has been hard on loggers.

"Been a slow spring because of the constant rain. It's making ground conditions very iffy on some of the jobs," Fiene said. "In fact, I'm sure some jobs aren't being cut, no one's even moved into them because they know there's no chance of working on them right now."

It took more than 70 years to grow pine trees this size. Fiene hopes to replant the forest next year. 

"We have to go in and site prep, and it's going to be a very difficult job to site prep that area, where we go in and try to cut some furrows in the ground where the trees will get planted and then we also spray them with herbicide," he said.

For the previous story on storm that took out the trees, follow the link below.

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